|Trial of Mrs. Rebecca Peake: Indicted for the Murder of Ephraim Peake... Embracing the Evidence, Arguments of Counsel, Charge, and Sentence - author unknown. Publication info - .Montpelier: E.P. Walton & Sons, 1836|
Rebecca Peake murdered her stepson because she was dissatisfied with her husband's decision to turn the farm over to him. Her lawyers defended her on the grounds of insanity, and the argument presented illuminates the "nature" of her sex: 'woman, "while reason holds her throne," is incapable of doing so foul a deed;â¦the soft and winning graces of the female sex hold no companionship with crime. It is said that the deep, strong, endless, never dying principle of love, that rests and dwells in ...
Keywords: murder; insanty defense